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Mar 21, 2011 7:00pm EDT
in benghazi and launch and offensive to retake other cities. president obama said today the u.s. will turn over leadership of the operation to other nations within days. the president and british prime minister david cameron said qaddafi must go though they insisted he is not a target of the attacks. but a cruise missile attack last night may have been too close for comfort for the libyan dictator. mark phillips is in tripoli. >> reporter: of all the targets that have been hit in these attacks, this flattened building in the qaddafi compound in tripoli is the one the qaddafi loyalists have complained about most. this is the attack they claim was launched to kill him. despite the hundreds of people who have gathered or been gathered around the complex to provide protection. >> families, children, men and women have come from everywhere to stay day and night to protect this location, to protect this location and the rocket hits only 52 to 100 meters away from them. >> reporter: qaddafi himself was probably not in his tent. he hasn't been seen since before the bombing began. his lo
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Mar 22, 2011 4:30am EDT
president's plan. >>> fallout fears. the pentagon considers the mandatory evacuation of all u.s. military personnel threatened by radiation in japan as the first american victim of the tragedy is found. >>> and medical marvel. a texas man gets the first full facial transplant in the u.s. this is the "cbs morning news" facial transplant in the u.s. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, march 22nd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. this morning allied forces are working to expand the no fly zone over libya. overnight tripoli was targeted for the third day in a row and there is growing discord among the allies and here in this country over the u.s. role. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. >> reporter: several days of attacks on libya are having their intended effect according to u.s. officials, even so, more in congress are questioning the president's decisions. anti-aircraft fire erupted in tripoli overnight as moammar gadhafi's forces battled a fresh round of air strikes. u.s. officials say days of attacks o
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Mar 21, 2011 4:00pm EDT
: widening the no- fly zone. u.s. and coalition fighter jets. at least another dozen cruise missiles. the mission is to keep moammar gadhafi's fighters from fighting. >> reporter: coalition planes are working to extend the no- fly zone. and the u.s. army general in charge says the strategy is working. >> we are so far achieving our military objectives, consistent with our mission. >> reporter: coalition forces are keeping up the assault on moammar gadhafi's offenses. they launched at least 12 more missile attacks monday, after a weekend of fighting. they even fired a missile at part of gadhafi's presidential compound. u.s. officials say he was using the building as a command center. >> and there is also a command facility that we are certain is a command and control facility. and that is the facility that was attacked. >> reporter: the goal of the mission is to take away gadhafi's ability to attack civilians and to establish a no- fly zone, while americans are leading the operations now, the u.s. is eager to hand over control to other nations. >> we anticipate this transition to take plac
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Mar 18, 2011 4:30am EDT
u.s. government for help. charlie d'agata is in niigata, japan, with more. good morning, charlie. >> reporter: good morning to you, betty. nobody is watching the events unfolding at the nuclear power plant more closely than the people here. many who were evacuated from the region around that plant and wonder if they'll ever be able to go home. fire trucks resumed blasting water onto japan's crippled nuclear power plant as crews raced to restore power to the facility. as early as today, they hope to feed electricity to at least two of the six overheated reactors, and get crucial water pumps working again. >> if the cooling systems in the reactors and fuel pumps are basically sound, and then the power comes on, then we might look at that moment as the beginning of the end of this crisis. >> reporter: but even if the power starts back up, it's not clear the water pumps will. they may have already suffered too much damage. there are also fears that getting power back online could spark another explosion. smoke billowed again from one reactor today. water in the spent fuel pools is so
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Mar 17, 2011 4:30am EDT
meltdown, as the u.s. authorizes the first evacuations full-blown meltdown, as the u.s. authorizes the first evacuations of american citizens. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. the united states will begin evacuating americans out of japan amid growing concern over the nuclear plant crisis. here's the latest. japanese military helicopters have begun dumping water on the crippled power plant to try to cool overheated nuclear fuel. engineers are trying to install a new power line so they can restore power to the plant's cooling system. a top u.s. nuclear official says he believes radiation levels at the plant are extremely high, and will soon be deadly. the obama administration has urged the evacuation of all americans from a 50-mile radius of the fukushima daiichi plant. now, charter planes will be brought in to help those wanting to leave the country. charlie d'agata is in yoshida, japan, with more on this. good morning, charlie. tell us the latest where you are. >> good morning to you, betty. well, you may be wonderi
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Mar 7, 2011 4:30am EST
, and considering u.s. dependence on foreign oil, it's now looking at a much closer alternative. the white house is considering tapping the nation's oil reserves to try to put a cap on runaway oil prices. >> all matters have to be on the table when you go through -- when you see the difficulty coming out of the economic crisis we're in, and the fragility of it. >> reporter: the strategic petroleum reserves, the u.s. government's emergency oil supply, holds 727 million barrels right now. that's enough to provide the nation the oil it needs for a couple of months. after hurricane katrina, the government released 30 million barrels. oil prices dropped nearly 4%. during the first gulf war, 34 million barrels were released and prices dropped a third in one day. but the price of gasoline up 33 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, drivers will take any break they can get. >> i used to make it three, four days with $75 of gas. now every two days i've got to put $75 in this car. so, you know, it's ridiculous. >> as a student it's kind of tough to be able to pay the bills and pay these kind o
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Mar 21, 2011 4:30am EDT
says the u.s.-led air assault on libya has been very effective, inflicting heavy damage on government forces. the air strikes included over 120 cruise missiles, bt bombers and jet fighters. one of moammar gadhafi's compounds in tripoli was hit. but u.s. officials say gadhafi is not a target. the libyan dictator promises a long, hard war. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. susan, good morning to you. >> hi, good morning, terrell. after a weekend of heavy air strikes on libya, the main issue in washington is, where to go from here. u.s. officials are now planning a more limited role for u.s. forces going forward. u.s. officials are not planning to lead the mission in libya much longer. >> we expected in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. >> reporter: following a weekend of missile strikes and air patrols, defense secretary robert gates said the pentagon will soon hand over the reins to either the french and british, or to nato. his comments came as american warships and planes pounded libya, taking out key radar and missile sites. outs
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Mar 10, 2011 4:30am EST
hearings on the radicalization of muslims in the u.s., but is it a matter of national security, or a u.s., but is it a matter of national security, or a witch-hunt? captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. >>> the three-week budget battle in wisconsin that has made national headlines appears to be over. it ended swiftly and unexpectedly. republican members of the state senate outmaneuvered their absentee democratic colleagues to pass a bill which sharply limits union rights. >> this is a violation of law. >> the vote caught almost everyone by surprise. by 18-1 the state senate passed a measure stripping collective bargaining rights from most of wisconsin's public employees, handing governor scott walker a stunning victory in the three-week labor standoff. in a statement he applauded lawmakers for taking, quote, a step in the right direction to balance the budget, and reform government. senate democrats had fled the state to avoid any votes, but republicans found a way to push the measure through. they removed all elements of the b
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Mar 30, 2011 6:00am EDT
-qaeda. >>> and u.s. supreme court justice skeela has been ticketed for causing an accident along the george washington parkway. the 75-year-old was on his way to the high court when he rear ended the car in front of him setting off a chain reaction. >>> mayor stephanie rawlings- blake will unveil her budgets today. in it, there's 8% less spending for the year of 2012. some of the cuts include reduced funding for the 311 center. the document doesn't include tax increases. >>> there's a surprise for cavaliers fans. opening lineups are announced for the heat. lebron james doesn't appear. >> lebron james. [crowd booing] >> lebron james was in the bathroom. the calvs got the last laugh. the heat lost. 102-90. >>> the orioles finished up spring chaining and broke records doing so. more than 115,000 fans finished up at a renovated smith stadium. ed smith stadium hosted ten sellouts. a average attendance was 70,200,019. that's a lot. >>> and the oriole's home opener is this monday. our special pregame coverage starts at 2:00 and stick around for the game itself. a full day of oriole's ba
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Mar 21, 2011 7:00am EDT
with the u.s. and its allies. defense secretary gates says the u.s. will hand over control of the mission within the coming days. however, questions remain about america's long-term exit strategy. >>> disaster in japan. workers get another scare as smoke rises, once again, from that crippled nuclear plant and residents are now being warned about contaminated drinking water and food. this as the estimated death toll jumps to more than 18,000 "early" this monday morning, jumps to more than 18,000 "early" this monday morning, march 21st, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and good morning. welcome to "the early show" here on a monday morning, i'm chris wragge. >> i'm erica hill. >> following two very major stories this morning. first of which the situation in japan. all eyes on that nuclear facility in fukushima once again. this as reports as i mention a few moments ago, smoke emanating from that troubled reactor 3 there. and now reports of radiation levels detected radiation levels in both the food and the water in that safety zone around the nuclear plant right now. we're going to
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Mar 21, 2011 12:00pm EDT
>>> crisis in libya. >>> today, u.s. laiders lay out what happens next. >> hello again, i'm don scott. and i'm jessica kartalija. coalition forces are controlling a no fly zone in lib yam there are a series of air strikes that gave the boost to rebels. >> reporter: u.s. fighter jets out of italy headed for lib yam there was a weekend of punishing air strikes and missile attacks. one blasted the compound in tripoli. his supporters displayed some of the damage. >> reporter: the forces were using the location as a command and control center. in the eastern city, qaddafilyiests fought the rebels in the streets and several took out his tanks before they reached the city. the coalition that includes bring britain, france and italy is enforcing a no fly zone to protect civilians. the u.s. is taking a lead role now. it will fall back into a support role. >> we'll turn over the primary responsibility to others. >> reporter: the pentagon is pleased with the progress so far. >> we judge the strikes to have been protective. >> reporter: senior military officials are saying that he's not the
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Mar 22, 2011 7:00am EDT
,, >>> breaking news. a u.s. warplane crashes in libya, but the americans on board are said to be safe, this after a third night of attacks on tripoli in growing diplomatic battles on who should take the lead. we'll talk with senator john mccain about what's next for the u.s. and its allies. >>> and fallout fears. japanese officials say the struggle to control leaking radiation at a crippled nuclear plant could go on for weeks as water in a store annual pool becomes dangerously hot. concerns grow while the death toll continues to sky rocket early this tuesday morning march toll continues to sky rocket early this tuesday morning march 22nd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "the early show." chris wragge along with erica hill. you're seeing pictures of an f-15-e strike eagle down over libya late last night. >> and that is the breaking news we're following this morning. we want to get you the latest on that american fighter jet. it did crash. what happened to the two on board? david martin joins us from the pentagon with the latest. >> reporter: the headline is that both
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Mar 3, 2011 4:00pm EST
the no-fly zone. and i think we could achieve it. >> reporter: the u.s. continues to move forces close to libya. the president authorized u.s. military aircraft to help egyptians evacuate. but the administration is trying not to get sucked into a mideast conflict. the president's hope is that gadhafi will head off a bloody stalemate and make way for a new leadership. randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> the crisis led to gas prices jumping another 4 cents today. the national average is $3.43 a gallon, according to triple a. >>> maryland's texting while driving rules are about to become even more strict. alex demetrick is in the newsroom with more details on a law that is close to gaining apriewflt. >> soon, you might not even be allowed to read a text behind the wheel. the house of delegates passed -- passed that measure today. marylanders are already prohibited from writing text messages while driving. there were more than 200 violations last year. the state also has a band on handheld cell phones, meaning it is a secondary offense, meaning officers can only offer citations
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Mar 10, 2011 4:00pm EST
economic news from china, as the u.s. sends stocks tumbling. here's a look at the numbers from moments ago. the dow was down 227 points, below the 12,000 mark. the s&p is down 24. nasdaq off 50. >>> formally charged. today, nearly a dozen city police officers are indicted in a towing scam. denise is in the newsroom with more on the scheme. >>> a federal grand jury returns indictments against 10 officers and two others, charging them with extortion. the owner of the majestic road shop are charged with paying officers to arrange their company to tow vehicles from an accident scene. majestic is not an authorized tow company from baltimore. the indictment ran from spring of 2008 to late last month. >> each defendant faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. >>> local actress in this bust, felicia snoop pearson, played a popular role in the hbo series, "the wire" was one of 60 people arrested today in a massive marijuana and heroin ring. city police will release information in a few minutes. but we'll update you all new at 5:00 and 6:00. >>> failed terror attack. for two day
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Mar 4, 2011 7:00pm EST
and gas in the u.s. has jumped almost 40 cents a gallon. that's certainly pinching people in the wallet, but economists say it's not enough to derail a recovery. you'd have to see oil double in price for that to happen. you know, that's not impossible but it's highly unlikely at this point. >> couric: all right. anthony mason. anthony, thank you. now turning to libya and some of the fiercest battles yet as moammar qaddafi struck back today at the opposition. in tripoli, his forces quickly put down protests following friday prayers using tear gas and bullets. the state-owned phone company sent text messages calling on libyans to attack foreigners. and all internet service was cut. across the board her tunisia, the humanitarian crisis finally began to ease. two u.s. military planes delivered blankets and other supplies to foreign workers who had fled the fighting in libya. plans are being made to fly some of them to their home countries tomorrow. in eastern libya, a battle raged all day as opposition forces tried to capture a key oil town and qaddafi's air force bombed benghazi. ma
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Mar 18, 2011 7:00am EDT
west coast residents not to worry about radiation plume expected to reach the u.s. later today. >>> also this morning another major story unfolding. the u.n. backed libya's rebels approving a no-fly zone and clearing the path for military action against moammar gadhafi as early as today. we'll bring you the very latest from both libya and japan, "early" this friday morning, march 18th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and good friday morning to you, i'm erica hill. >> i'm chris wragge. good morning to you. following two major stories on the "early" show this morning. >> of course we're looking at japan. but libya, as we mentioned briefly, the u.n. security council voting to approve that no-fly zone. as you can imagine, there are some strong reaction from moammar gadhafi. he's seen in the video there. many saying this really does pave the way for a military action. what could that mean? what could it look like? we'll get you the very latest on that coming up here. >> exactly. but first let's begin with the very latest on the disaster in japan. the danger level is being raised
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Mar 16, 2011 4:30am EDT
the u.s. america gets about 20% of its electricity from nuclear power. but the president says all energy sources have their down sides. >> nothing's completely failsafe. nothing's completely foolproof. and so, each time these kinds of events happen, i think it's very important for us to examine how we can further improve the safety and performance of these plants. >> president obama says he's been assured that hawaii and the u.s. mainland will not be affected by radiation from the japanese disaster. >>> so, what is the actual risk from the radiation leak in japan? dr. jon lapook has that part of the story. >> reporter: when radiation began leaking from the stricken power plant, the fallout was felt more than 5,000 miles away. at this pharmacy near los angeles. all sold out of potassium iodide. >> there's people that are really worried they're going from store to store. >> reporter: the pills can prevent the thyroid from developing cancer caused by radiation. but are they really necessary here? >> i think that's extremely unlikely that there will be any risk to folks in this countr
CBS
Mar 22, 2011 6:00pm EDT
mark 1, made by general electric. 23 are now in operation across the u.s. >> this is the system that has proved unreliable. >> paul gunter tells wjz, the aging mark 1 design is unsafe and should be shut down. >> it represents not only a bad design but an aging facility. any number of events could be the match that lights the next nuclear fire. >> reporter: but a spokesman for peach bottom says comparing fukushima to his plant is problematic. but peach bottom has more numerous safety inspections. and the tsunami caused many of the problems at fukushima, an event unlikely to happen here. >> please stay indoors with your windows closed. >> reporter: advocates also point to lessons learned from the partial meltdown on nearby three-mile island in 2009. saying the industry is now safer. >> the actions taken by the industry since 3-mile island has prepared us to deal with events just like japan and maybe even worse. >> reporter: japan's nuclear crisis, has caused concern. >> that's just something you deal with every day. it makes you think twice when you hear the sirens go off. >> it d
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Mar 1, 2011 7:00am EST
gadhafi as u.s. warships head toward the region. we'll go live for the latest on the deadly violence and speak about what's next. >>> ultimatum. a new cbs news poll find the majority of americans back union workers in the ongoing budget battles as governor walker threatens layoffs if democrats don't come back to work today. we're live in wisconsin. >>> and flood fears. after heavy rains and torptds pound parts of the midwest, floodwaters rise to dangerous levels and the worst is yet to come. early this tuesday morning march come. early this tuesday morning march 1st, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to the "early show" here on a tuesday morning, march 1st. >> nice to have you back. hard to believe it's already march. the year is flying by. go want to get you started with the revolution in libya and the very latest there. the u.s. is trying on increase pressure on moammar gadhafi sending warships and aircraft to the region. meantime billions in libya's foreign assets have now been frozen and overnight rebels held off a prolonged attack by pro gadhafi forces in a strategic city o
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Mar 15, 2011 7:00pm EDT
commercial air traffic. the white house, meanwhile, says the u.s. is not calling on americans to leave tokyo because of radiation concerns. and u.s. officials say it's unlikely dangerous levels of radiation will reach hawaii or the u.s. mainland. we have extensive coverage of the disaster in japan beginning with harry smith on the nuclear crisis. >> reporter: after a day of sharp spikes, radiation levels at the earthquake stricken fukushima dai-ichi nuclear plant are said to be falling. this morning there are reports of a new fire at the plant. people throughout japan are on edge. >> ( translated ): they say we are safe but it makes me wonder. it is really safe? >> reporter: japan's prime minister, naoto kan, tried to reassure his country but he said more radiation leaks are likely and ordered those in the danger zone to seal themselves indoors. american sean scisle says his plan is to get out while he can. >> last night we packed bags in case of an emergency and, you know, just better safe than sorry. we're probably going to be getting out of fukushima prefecture either late tonight o
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00am EDT
has been cracked. >> we believe very, very strongly in the u.s. justice system, and we are going to let the justice system prevail. >> reporter: detectives say after norwood killed murray she tied herself up telling dectds that two masked men robbed and raped them. >> norwood remains bailed. >>> we have four more shootings to report. the first happened near bel air and frank ford avenue. a man was shot in the back. a second man was shot in the foot on elmly avenue. everyone survived much the police commissioner is vowing to increase pressure throughout this city. >>> another maryland marine was killed in afghanistan. staff sergeant jimmy malachowski was killed by an ied. the 25-year-old from west machinester had previously served op the rifle team. his sister and mother also served in the military. >>> the night sky was lit up in libya with hasn't aircraft fire as moammar gadhafi's forces are being weakened. the focus is shifting to the no-fly zone. defense secretary robert gates said the u.s. military role should lessen in coming days. meanwhile, the president is using his stronges
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Mar 17, 2011 6:00pm EDT
japan to fly all u.s. citizens out of the country. >> all u.s. citizens in japan should continue to monitor the situation carefully and follow the guidance of the u.s. and japanese governments. >> reporter: japanese airports are jammed with people trying to flee. the buses are packed. for those staying behind, supplies are low. store shelves are empty. gas stations are out of fuel. and the search for survivors and the missing grows even more grim, with each passing day. joel brown, wjz eyewitness news. >> americans living and working in japan are trying to get out. wjz continues with this complete coverage live. mike hellgren, following the rush to evacuate. >>> vic, one man from baltimore is back home tonight. but a young woman from our region is among the missing. >> reporter: in the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, many americans fled japan. united is operating limited flights with some arriving at dulles. scenes like this are playing out around the country. people back home, greeting loved ones. >> i'm one of the few, lucky ones, that i get to have my family back. >> repo
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Mar 31, 2011 6:00pm EDT
chief chairman, admiral mike mullen, assured congress that the u.s. is now playing a supporting role in libya and won't take the lead in arming and training the rebel. >> if there is going to be that kind of assistance to the opposition, there are plenty of sources for it other than the united states. >> reporter: the pentagon's top officials stood by president obama's pledge not to send u.s. ground troops into libya. and they insist that in the end, the people of libya will be the ones who bring down gadhafi. on capitol hill, danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. >> the two pentagon officials were also unable to answer questions from some lawmakers who wanted to know how the u.s. would get out of the conflict if gadhafi [ inaudible ] >>> growing concerns from radiation from that damaged power plant in japan, reaching the united states. radiation, far below levels that pose a risk to humans was found in milk from california and washington. the first signs japan's nuclear accident is affecting foods. the u.s. is stepping up monitoring of milk, rain, and drinking water tonight. so
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Mar 15, 2011 6:00pm EDT
call on u.s. and japanese troops to help with the growing crisis at the nuclear plant. a third explosion and fire at the complex sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air. japan's prime minister is urging calm. but ordered 140,000 people living near the plant to seal themselves indoors. >> it's very traumatic. and the main thing is we don't know what to do. >> reporter: plant officials may ask military helicopters to helicopters to spray water on a fuel storage pond. so the rods inside don't release radiation. >> reporter: some have already been exposed to low levels of radiation. about 70,000 people within 12 miles of the plant have been evacuated. others outside that zone are also leaving. >> everyone is scared for their child's sake. and just trying to get their kids out first. >>> the head of the nuclear watchdog agency called the developments worrying. and said he's sending a team of experts to help. >> reporter: another powerful aftershock rocked japan as night fell. the scale of the destruction is already testing the country's limits. in the northeast, some 450,000
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Mar 30, 2011 7:00pm EDT
they don't necessarily know how to use them. so as the u.s. considers its options, it will have to consider not just weapons but training. >> >> and one of them certainly will be arming the rebels, which requires american special forces on the ground to do this right. >> michael o'hanlon of the brookings institution believes a few hundred antitank weapons would swing the tide of battle in a matter of days but it would also violate president obama's repeated pledge not put american boots on the ground in libya. >> it may not have to be the united states. there's good reason to think some european special forces could do compearably well, maybe even better in some ways given their contacts. >> reporter: bout who would they be arming? u.s. intelligence is still trying to determine what lurks behind the public face. the admiral who has taken command of the operation said there are concerns the rebels may include some of america's worst enemies. >> we have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al qaeda, hezbollah. we've seen different things. >> reporter: the president has not
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Mar 13, 2011 11:00pm EDT
carried out to sea on the roof of his home was rescue. two u.s. aircraft carriers are at the ready. american rescue teams with sniffer dogs have arrived to search for survivors. helicopters are delivering food and supply. many are still without food and water. stores here in tokyo have been stripped of the bare essentials. especially water. and there are long lines at gas stations. people here are worried about the threat of another earthquake, a tsunami, or a nuclear emergency. japan is battling the threat of multiple nuclear meltdowns at crippled reactors. the government is rationing electricity with rolling blackouts beginning monday. but this prime minister says his country will get over this disaster. eyewitness news. >> once again we want to go back to the live pictures where we confirm there has been another explosion at a nuclear power plant. we are closely watching the situation. we are told by the nuclear regulatory commission that harmful levels of radiation activity are not expected to reach u.s. shores. stay with wjz for the coverage in japan. for the latest log on to
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Mar 8, 2011 12:00pm EST
: good afternoon. what we've seen is the second highest july in u.s. history a fact not lost on those here at the pumps. the price affects everything from flying to fruits and veggies. how much is that hurting you? >> it's really bad. it's really bad, probably about $75 to $80 to fill this up oar are our country uses 400 million gallons of gas a day. >> right now it's an easy $4. that's already there in california. wouldn't be surprised to see a this get closer to $5. >> reporter: that doesn't sit well here in baltimore. >> it's troubling. it does not stop me from driving around because necessity overweighs the cost of the gas and you just have to make it work. >> reporter: at the pump there's acceptance. they stay it will go to $5. >> that's fine. >> reporter: california is the worst. the mountain states the best. maryland is somewhere in the middle. >> got to go to work. got to pick my kids up. got to do what i got to do. >> reporter: the u.s. government has a strategic gasoline reserve of three quarters of a billion gallons of gas. jess, back to you . >> the last time that reserve
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Mar 15, 2011 12:00pm EDT
. officials say the winds have been dispersing radioactive material. u.s. helicopter crews returning from relief listings have tested positive for radiation hand to be contaminated. some were given potassium iodine pills as a precaution. millions spent a fourth night with little food or water in freezing temperatures. concerned relatives wait in long lines at evacuation centers for any word of their missing loved ones. this woman fears her only son is dead. people saw the tsunami wash him away in his car. rescuers are searching for survivors. a man was pulled alive from the rubble after being buried for four days. a 70-year-old woman was rescued from another town. ran dam pinkston. >> we will have more with mike hellgren. good afternoon, mike. >> reporter: good afternoon, everybody. right now tokyo is seeing twice the level of radiation. scientists say it doesn't pose a health threat yet. the clock is ticking in japan with the nuclear plant in crisis. dangerous levels of radiation are seeping from the fukushima plant. could it make it to the u.s. it would be dispersed before it came
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Mar 31, 2011 12:00pm EDT
. more traces of radiation are turning up here in the u.s. >> reporter: the united nations wants japan to expand the evacuation zone around the damaged fukushima power plant. there's now a 12-mile mandatory zone. high radiation levels have been discovered in a sprig 25 miles away. inside the zone police inside protective suits are looking for bodies killed in the earthquake and tsunami. they recovered 19 on wednesday but many more are smissments officials say concerns about radiation are slowing the work. the latest tests of sea water show radiation levels are still rising, now more than 4300 times the legal limit. the crisis is turning fukushima into a ghost town. the city is outside the evacuation zone, but residents enmass rush home from work to minimize radiation expose smumplet trains are not running and shops are closing at 5 p.m. this merchant said it's lonely at night. no one is outside. more traces of radiation are showing up in the u.s. milk in washington state and california are testing positive. >> radiation can be a scary word. it's important to remember we're surrounded b
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Mar 1, 2011 12:00pm EST
>>> here's what people are talking about today. u.s. warships are heading towards libya. international pressure builds for gadhafi to step down. government supporters are still holding on to the capital. >> reporter: thousands of refugees fought through crowds at libya's border. they're trying to escape the violence as gadhafi holds on to power. asked if he would leave, he said, why would anyone leave his country. the u.n. ambassador urged him to get off of the stage. >> the international community won't tolerate the slaughter of innocence. we're doing planning for all sorts of options. >> reporter: his son says she had no idea what's going on. the u.s. has moved warships into the area. the ambassador stopped short of saying whether america would back the no fly zone. >> reporter: a no fly zone is on the table and they're considering sending fighter jets to the region. >> it's not acceptable to have a situation where gadhafi can be murdering his own people. >> reporter: gadhafi's supporters repeated his accusations and al-queda and the west are plotting to steal libya's
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Mar 16, 2011 6:00pm EDT
. the u.s. is now telling american citizens living within 50 miles of the power plant to evacuate. radiation levels have risen in nearby towns and very slight increases have been detected as far away as tokyo. officials say it's not enough to be dangerous but many are avoiding the city. >> reporter: the security council held a moment of silence for japan. >> the u.s. is helping to coordinate relief effort. sending in aid and rescue efforts from around the world. >> reporter: brittish and rescue crews are searching for survivors. >> the train of access underneath. obviously, as you can see, very, very difficult conditions. >> crews continue to recover bodies from the wreckage. many times, family members are there. to mourn their loved ones. randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> another nuclear crisis, as local experts are preparing for the worst. if a disaster hit the east coast. the situation in japan could play out here in maryland. wjz live, mike hellgren spoke out with the state's top leaders. >> these plants are supposed to be withstand in our area, a 4.5 magnitude earthqu
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Mar 16, 2011 4:00pm EDT
, officials ran a drill to see if helicopters could use buckets to bump water on the reactors. the u.s. is now telling the u.s. citizens living within 50 miles of the plant to evacuate. radiation levels have risen. officials say it is not enough to be dangerous. but many people are avoiding the city. >> reporter: at the united nations, the security council held a moment of silence for the victims in japan. the u.n. is helping to coordinate relief efforts, sending in aid from around the world. >> reporter: in the town of ofanatu, british and american crews are searching for survivors. >> we're trying to access underneath. but obviously, you can see very, very difficult conditions. >> reporter: crews continue to recover bodies from the wreckage. many times, family members are there, to mourn their loved ones. randall pink ston, wjz -- pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> there are reports that all of the water is gone from the troubled nuclear power plant. that increases the risk of the rods melting down. let's take a look. stocks open low and drop sharply in the afternoon. here's a look at the
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Mar 16, 2011 7:00am EDT
in the u.s. if i'm worried, but i'm not getting the information here. is there -- i mean are people, when you're out there, are they asking you for information, that they feel like they're not getting from their own government? >> no, nobody's coming up to us. i think everybody sits and watches the tv all day. and as we said in the piece, there really is a level of frustration with the nuclear authority here, because they've had some problems in the past that they've tried to cover up, that they have had to come back later and say, well we did know this all along and we apologize, and they just don't have a track record of authority that people really trust in the long run. >> and certainly in a situation like this, that is the last thing you want. harry smith in tokyo this morning. harry, thanks. >> you bet. >> chris? >> erica, thank you. let's get more now on the health risks in and around that nuclear plant in fukushima. joining us now is medical correspondent dr. jennifer ashton with more on that, of course, this morning. >> good morning, chris. >> let's talk about the radiation
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Mar 8, 2011 4:00pm EST
government is saying it wants the u.s. to send a fact finding team, randall pingston. >> president obama and british prime minster david camera have agreed to plan for a full spectrum of responses. >> there's no win in sight to the turmoil in libya, so there's no win in sight at the pump. the energy department stayed it will average $3.70 and prices could spike by late sirm. in tonight's pump watch report here's a look at how much maryland is paying. a gallon of religion lar gas -- regular gas will cost $3.50. at this time last year it was $2.72. until the crisis is resolved, you can find the cheapest gas by going to wjz.com and clicking on links and numbers. >> the u.s. supreme court said funeral protests are legal. denise has more on a bill to put limits on the protests. >> reporter: baltimore county congressman's dutch ruppersberger bill would limit where and how long the protests can be held. they ruled in favor of it under the free speech amendment. the father of a soldier killed in iraq filed suit after the group picketed his son's funeral. it would require protesters to be a
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Mar 24, 2011 5:00pm EDT
wjz, on what that means for u.s. involvement. >> reporter: french fighter jets return to their base in corsica, after hitting libyan targets, including one of moammar gadhafi's warplanes. the libyan combat jet had just landed at misratta air force base, after violating the united nations noafltz. libyan -- no-fly zone. libyan television showed a base on fire, apparently hit an overnight air strike. state tv also showed mangled bodies, it says are victims are coalition assault. but rebels accuse gadhafi of taking bodies from the morgue and claiming they're civilian casualties. gadhafi loyalists are marching on the anti-government stronghold of benghazi, calling for unity with rebels. >> you have to talk with them. we have to discuss the problem. what's -- what's the demands? what they are asking? >> reporter: now they're finally in agreement for nato to take over military operations in libya. turkey had been standing in the way but is now on board. >> reporter: u.s. officials say the handoff is a sure thing. and it will come within a few days. however, the white house has been vague
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Mar 20, 2011 7:00pm EDT
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Mar 31, 2011 7:00am EDT
zone from the u.s., while on the ground, cia operatives are working with the rebels who continue their retreat from moammar gadhafi's forces. this as the white house considers sending in weapons to aid the fight against the libyan dictator. >>> out like a lion. a powerful spring storm causes serious damage in the south. now it's heading up the east coast where it could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas, and lead to some major flooding. we'll bring you the latest on the winter weather that never seems to end. >>> and back in the watt ever. one year after drowning its trainer, a killer whale returns to performing at sea world in orlando. and while new safety changes are in place, critics warn they may not be enough to prevent another tragedy. we'll have all those stories "early" this thursday morning, we'll have all those stories "early" this thursday morning, march 31st, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and good morning. welcome to "the early show" here on a thursday morning. i'm chris wragge. >> and i'm erica hill. good to have you with us this morning. we do begin w
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Mar 25, 2011 7:00am EDT
scientists scramble to figure out how to contain it. >>> handing over control. the u.s. confirms it will take a back seat to nato in enforcing the no-fly zone over libya, as air strikes continue on moammar gadhafi and his forces. but as the transfer of power gets set to happen, president obama finds himself on the hot seat over his handling of the crisis. >>> and tower fallout. a sleeping air traffic controller at reagan national airport is suspended as the faa considers big changes, after two airliners are forced to land without any help from the tower. widespread than anyone thought? find out "early" this friday widespread than anyone thought? find out "early" this friday morning, march 25th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, welcome to "the early show." some breaking news from the fukushima nuclear plant in japan. that number three reactor, which has been the source of so many problems since the earthquake and tsunami almost two weeks ago, now they're talking about a combination that uranium and plu tain yum combinations could be leaking into the air at this hour.
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Mar 27, 2011 7:00pm EDT
road ahead. >> stahl: corporations are avoiding paying billions of dollars in u.s. taxes by moving their operations to new tax havens like the swiss town of zug. so, here we are in zug. we went there to visit their operations. and we came to see your international headquarters. >> at the moment, my boss is not here. sorry. >> stahl: she said her boss wasn't there and we should call someone halfway around the world. in houston? >> yeah. >> stahl: not here? >> no. >> stahl: but this is the headquarters. >> i know. >> stahl: and is the c.e.o. here? >> no. >> pelley: elissa montanti is unlike almost anyone we've ever met. with the help of some very charitable american doctors, she's changed the lives of more than 100 kids, like this one, a boy from iraq who needed an arm, a leg and an eye. >> i love you, wa'ad. >> pelley: tonight, you'll follow his transformation, which is a wonder to watch. >> catch it! face the basket! make a play! he's got to get up closer! you don't just say "screen"! my god! where next?! >> kroft: this is not a story about a tyrannical coach who churns out athlete
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Mar 3, 2011 12:00pm EST
battling over a strategic landmark. a major money problem for the u.s. post office. >>> plenty of sunshine but a chilly day. meteorologist tim williams will have the forecast coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,, bye, mom! we're here! [ giggling ] okay, girls. mom, i don't feel good. me, either. these days, nobody has time to get sick, but minute clinic makes it easy to get well. our nurse practitioners can diagnose and write prescriptions for everything from strep throat to sinus infections, with no appointment necessary. so you can feel better in no time. minute clinic -- the medical clinic inside cvs/pharmacy. find one near you at minuteclinic.com. >>> the suspect in the slaying of two u.s. airmen have confessed. german prosecutors are investigating wednesday's shooting which also gurred two hair meant. the suspect opened fire on a bus load of u.s. airmen. >>> libyan forces loyal to leader moammar gadhafi launched another round of air strikes. it targeted the town of brega. rebels are fighting back but are asking for international help. >>> more money problems for the u.s. postal service. th
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Mar 2, 2011 5:00pm EST
about this controversial case. >>> a disturbing developing story at this hour. two u.s. airmen shot dead at this hour at an airport in germany. did the shooter act alone? or was he part of a big plot? randall pinkston reports on the shooting that wounded two others. >> reporter: the shooter opened fire as the bus carrying u.s. personnel set outside. killing the driver and a passenger. two other u.s. airmen were seriously wounded. president obama is promising to get to the bottom of the attack. >> we will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place and working with german authorities to ensure that all of the perpetrators are brought to justice. >> reporter: after firing his weapon, the gunman, who was a kosovo citizen, ran into a terminal, where authorities tackled him. he's now in police custody. >> reporter: investigators are looking into whether the shooter had any ties to terror groups. the airport is near ramstein air force base. the headquarters of the u.s. air force in europe. the victims were part of an air force security team on their way to afghanistan. randa
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Mar 3, 2011 6:00pm EST
no-fly zone. and i think we could achieve it. >> reporter: the u.s. continues to move forces closer to libya. the president authorized u.s. military earthquake to evacuate. but the administration is trying not to get sucked into a mideast conflict. the president hopes they will make way for a new leadership. at the united nations, randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> venezuelan president hugo chavez is proposing mediation by a coalition of outside governments. and there are reports that gadhafi is willing to go along with that idea. >>> one of the u.s. largest defense contractors is cutting hundreds of jobs. it says it will eliminate 500 jobs. most of the cuts will be at the company's electronic systems division, based in anne arundel county. 150 workers were laid off last june. >>> up and down, up and down. our roller coaster temperatures continue. a live look outside now. it's been a sunny and clear day. but much colder than recently. meteorologist tim williams and bob turk are tracking the swing. bob? >> if you thought it was cold, you're right. today's highs in the upper 30
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Mar 29, 2011 7:00pm EDT
provide more humanitarian aid to libyans. at the same time, u.s. and coalition partners kept up the military attacks, launching 22 cruise missile on targets in tripoli. qaddafi's forces, however, are still better armed than the opposition and today they have the rebels on the run. they were forced to retreat just as they prepared to attack qaddafi's hometown of surt. instead, though, they were pushed back more than 25 miles, and not just by the military baby civilians who remain loyal to qaddafi. mandy clark reports tonight from the ever-shifting front line. >> reporter: an attack by qaddafi forces took rebels by surprise at bin jawad. they fought hard with everything they had but were forced back. and even while fleeing came under fire. they had originally retreated to the town because of a new threat rebels here say it wasn't just government forces but also residents firing from their homes that forced them to pull back. they confiscated these weapons handed out by qaddafi forces from locals who were loyal to the regime. how many weapons did you find in total? >> reporter: another
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Mar 23, 2011 5:00pm EDT
and sickened 17 others. >>> u.s. and coalition forces are targeting troops on the ground. but the libyan leader insists he's not going anywhere. joel brown reports for wjz from the state department. >> reporter: more coalition warplanes are flying toward libya, to control its skies. and for the first time, u.s. commanders say they're using the jets to attack gadhafi's gadhafi's troops on the ground. it may be working. in the key eastern city of misrata, gadhafi tanks are beginning to retreat, after the continuing assault on civilians. rebelts have new-- benles have -- rebels have newfound confidence. >> this is a matter of time. after one day, these tanks will surrender. >> reporter: president obama says sending in u.s. troops on the ground is absolutely out of the question. u.s. forces are already scaling back flights over libya. coalition troops are now flying more than half of the missions. bombed but not broken, moammar gadhafi appeared for the first time in public tuesday night. he rallied supportersers and portrayed himself a victim to western powers on a mission to steal li
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Mar 7, 2011 6:00pm EST
. >> reporter: the u.s. is trying to coordinate its response with other countries. some members of the united nations are discussing a no-fly zone. and they are considering their next move. >> if gadhafi and his military continue to attack the libyan population systematically, i can't imagine the international community and the united nations stand idlely -- idly by. >> reporter: president obama has made it clear that all options are on the table, including a no-fly zone. but u.s. officials have also stressed that any military action must be an international effort. >> reporter: the unrest in lib crais sending gas -- libya is sending gas prices here in the united states through the roof. >> reporter: and if you've been to the gas station recently, you probably felt the pain at the pump. a new survey finds the national price jumps. the average price of gas in maryland is now $3.48. the white house says it may soon have to tap into the country's fuel oil reserve. >>> and southwest airlines has joined other airlines in raising fares. the airline is adding $10 to many domestic round-trip f
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Mar 3, 2011 5:00pm EST
tonight, as american forces are moving closer to the people, there are calls for the u.s. to intervene. >>> president obama is repeating demands for gadhafi to step down. >> reporter: armed rebels and burned-out trucks lined the road as fighting continued in bregga. the opposition has fought off moammar gadhafi's people for two days. >> reporter: this amateur video shows heavy gunfire in the wide- open desert, where rebels could only duck for cover. president obama says the violence has to stop. and that gadhafi has lost his legitimacy. >> colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. >> reporter: gadhafi's attacks included bombings by warplanes. his son told the media, those raids were meant to scare off the rebels, not kill them. but opposition forces have asked to intervene with air strikes against gadhafi's forces. >> the united states is moving cautiously on the subject of military intervention. president obama says all options are still under discussion, including a no-fly zone over libya. >> reporter: defense secretary robert gates has expressed concern over that, sin
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Mar 11, 2011 4:30am EST
barrel at one point this week. also gas prices are on the president's agenda. the impact on u.s. budgets, the burden on u.s. households to pay for gas. we have gasoline at $3.50 a gallon on average in the u.s., nearing $4 in some areas. so this really has brought the president's whole energy policy into the spotlight. republicans calling for more u.s. production, that means drilling. democrats calling for opening up the strategic petroleum reserve to try to bring down prices. as of now, at least, that is on the agenda. betty, the president also could talk about the union battles in wisconsin, and also funding for the government. but again, no telling how much of this tragedy in japan will affect his agenda. >> yeah, a lot of fast-moving developments this morning. susan mcginnis joining us live from washington. thank you, susan. >>> doctors in houston will give an update today on the condition of arizona representative gabrielle giffords. sources say giffords has made great progress since being shot in the head in january. they say doctors -- doctors say they think she may even b
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Mar 1, 2011 4:30am EST
. the international community is tightening the noose around gadhafi. the u.s. says all options are on the table. meanwhile gadhafi is striking back in force. they attacked rebel troops in the two major cities closest to the capital using tanks and anti-aircraft guns. overnight government troops tried to retake zawiya, but rebel troops held their ground. >> reporter: as the blood shed in libya moves into another day, the tone in washington has turned decidedly sharper. the white house is now clearly ratcheting up the pressure on gadhafi to step down. troops loyal to moammar gadhafi are fighting to take back territory now in rebel hands. amateur video captured this firefight between pro and anti-government forces in libya's third largest city. the uprising that began last month poses the biggest threat yet to gadhafi, his bloody crackdown has reportedly left hundreds, possibly thousands, dead. still, in an interview with christianne amanpour of abc news gadhafi laughed off calls for him to step down and denied using force against his own people. >> they love me all my people with me. th
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Mar 28, 2011 4:30am EDT
all aerial operations in libya from the u.s. and tonight president obama will address the nation to discuss the u.s. mission in libya. joel brown is in washington with more. joel, good morning to you. >> terrell, good morning to you. white house officials say the president's speech will build on the case that he's been laying out for the last ten days or so. he'll argue that libya does matter when it comes to u.s. interests and that the administration's actions helped avert a catastrophe. tonight, president obama will try to convince a skeptical public and congress america's mission in libya is working. he'll deliver a nationally televised speech just a day after nato agreed to take full command of the operation. and at least one u.s. warship reportedly left the region. >> i think the military mission has gone quite well. >> reporter: the obama administration touted progress. following another weekend of air strikes. coalition forces hit targets in tripoli, and for the first time, moammar gadhafi's hometown of sirte. since the attack started more than a week ago, rebel forces have b
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Mar 25, 2011 12:00pm EDT
established no fly zone. the u.s. will conduct a task on the ground forces. gadhafi's government is accusing the government of missing targets. this is a claim that the forces deny. >>> the police say that a body was found in an alley after 7:00 a.m. there's no word on the dead man's identity and how he died, but the investigation continues. >>> and a developing story in the midwest. a child was shot and wounded in a middle school in indiana. we have more on the incident in martinsville. >> reporter: well, hi, don. details are still coming in. a student was shot twice in the stomach. the teen was air lifted and there's no word on his condition. the police say that the other student was suspended several days ago. the officers don't know what sparked the violence. >> we do not know what caused this, what happened and what lead up to the events. we're interviewing witness now. several agencies have been called in and detectives and agencies have been assisting at the scene. >> and a news station in annapolis is reporting that the shooting stems from an altercation that happened last w
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